With the announcement that Fox is going ahead with Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5 film and that Ridley Scott would be producing the film, there were some lingering questions. Looking over the concept art Blomkamp commissioned, you can’t help but realize there will be some revelations about the Space Jockey and the xenomorphs. So how much of that will tread into Prometheus 2 territory?
Blomkamp chatted with Empire Online about his Alien sequel and addressed that with:
I changed the one thing [Scott] felt was bumping [into] Prometheus 2 a little bit. One thing that makes me feel good about it is that Ridley is producing [Alien 5]. He likes the idea of what I want to make.
It’s always nice to get the blessing from the man that kicked off the franchise, while he’s still adding to it. He also revealed that there is a title in the works, saying:
I sent what I wanted as the title to Ridley. It’s kinda quite bold, and he was like, ‘I really like that.’ So I’m gonna test it, I don’t think it’s gonna work, though. I have my own idea, but it gives away too much if I say the title. But in the event that it doesn’t work, I’m dead in the water…
What could that title possibly be? Scott already made a bold move my titling the Alien prequel Prometheus, instead of something like Alien: Origins, so I’m wondering what Blomkamp has up his sleeve.
Blomkamp’s wife and collaborator Terri Tatchell revealed that she was instrumental in getting him to take the project on. When he released the artwork, he did reveal that Fox was very interested, but it was him that was reluctant to take on the project. Tatchell was the one to give him a good shove into making him tackle an Alien film after Chappie:
He’s hemming and hawing, going back-and-forth. Finally I said, “Look, look at what you make me drink my orange juice out of every morning,” and I pulled out of the cupboard, we have these set of glasses that have these brutal scenes from the [Alien] movies. I said, “You make your daughter drink out of these cups! This is a sign.”
That seemed to do it, as he added:
No bullsh*t, that made me realize there is a massive portion of my brain taken up by the Xenomorph. I was like, “Hmm, that’s a valid point”.
I love the artwork that was released, and feel like we haven’t been given an exceptional Alien film since James Cameron’s Aliens. I’m still not sure if Blomkamp is the one to deliver that amazing sequel, after I was disappointed with Chappie and Elysium; time will tell, I guess.
Prometheus will premiere in theaters March 4th, 2016, with Alien 5 premiering sometime in 2017.